If you still believe free file sharing of music files is depriving musicians of hard earned currency, I recommend taking a look at Different Currencies by Scott Andrew.
Scott manages to convey the idea that sharing music for free is a key factor in establishing a sound economic base. He does this by explaining the economics of goodwill, word-of-mouth, loyalty, mutual respect and the ultimate cost of DRM. When it comes to entertainment the current rates of exchange aren’t fixed by the colour of money.
- The Free Music Philosophy
- The Problem With Music
- The Long Tail Forget squeezing millions from a few megahits at the top of the charts. The future of entertainment is in the millions of niche markets at the shallow end of the bitstream.
- DisinteREmediation: Longer, Not Shorter, Value Chains Are Coming Sharing: A Competitive Strategy?